Career Development Opportunities

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Public Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Public Health Advisor, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

DESCRIPTION: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) is seeking qualified applicants for a Public Health Advisor position with the Extramural Program Management Team, Office of the Director in Fort Collins, Colorado. The incumbent will join a team that provides technical and programmatic management to DVBD-funded domestic CoAg recipients, including the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Vector-Borne Disease Program and the university-based Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence recipients. The incumbent would work with university, national public health, and private industry partners. Salary range $70,883 to $110,452 per year.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level of in the Federal service, to include experience in analyzing, evaluating, and advising on established public health programs

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Application deadline October 8, 2021. USA jobs control number 615510400.

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POSITION: Mosquito Control Technician (2 positions), Portsmouth Mosquito Control

DESCRIPTION: Portsmouth Mosquito Control in Portsmouth, VA is seeking two mosquito control technicians. This position receives requests and maintenance schedules for mosquito control work; inspects potential mosquito breeding habitats and properties; diagnoses insects, weeds and disease problems; selects and applies proper pesticides and equipment; and calculates amount of required materials for chemical applications, and mixes and loads pesticides.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a high school diploma or the equivalent, and 2-3 years of experience in mosquito control or semi-skilled maintenance operations, other related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online through Portsmouth Career Opportunities FY2022-00098 by October 19, 2021

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POSITION: Two Positions Open with Collier County Mosquito Control District

DESCRIPTION: The Research Department at the Collier Mosquito Control District in Naples, FL is hiring a Biologist/Research Entomologist and a Research Technician/Biologist. Both positions will participate in the design and execution of research studies to inform and improve District operations, manage a range of mosquito surveillance activities (weekly trapping, larval sampling and collection, mosquito identification, disease testing, insecticide resistance testing, etc.) and perform other operational and research tasks as necessary. The job will involve a combination of field and laboratory work.

QUALIFICATIONS: Biologist/Research Entomologist position requires either MS or PhD in biology, entomology, or related field and professional experience in mosquito control research. Research Technician/Biologist position requires an MS in biology, entomology, or related field, or a BS degree with at least 4 years of entomological research experience.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Rebecca Heinig. Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Assistant Professor, Vector-Borne Disease, University of Texas Rio Grande

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Medical Entomology beginning Fall 2022. This hiring initiative focuses on the area(s) of vector-borne diseases. The successful candidate for this position is expected to strengthen and complement our research on vector biology and medical entomology, and to become a contributing member to the UTRGV Center for Vector-Borne Disease. The position offers start-up funds, a competitive salary, and independent laboratory space within a recently completed state-of-the-art research facility on the Edinburg, TX campus.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Biology, Entomology, or related field, and postdoctoral experience are required..

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by December 15, 2021 through University of Texas Rio Grande job posting 30543

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POSITION: Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Texas at El Paso

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in infectious diseases. The anticipated starting date is fall 2022. Applicants should possess the ability to develop an extramurally funded research program in infectious diseases and teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). Our goal is to foster and support research on any area of infectious diseases including the vector/tick-borne diseases of public health importance in the U.S.-Mexico border area. However, we encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of infectious diseases to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral research experience and a strong record of research accomplishments. Researchers requiring BSL-3 facilities are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in research related to drug-resistant and/or emerging infectious agents.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For questions in regards to the position, please contact the Chair of the Infectious Disease Search Committee, Dr. Siddhartha Das at sdas@utep.edu.

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POSITION: Faculty Cluster Hire in Modeling and Data Science, University of Idaho

DESCRIPTION: The University of Idaho seeks to build on our strength in mathematical, statistical, and computational modeling by adding up to six new tenure-track faculty. We will hire outstanding researchers who use diverse modeling skills to address public health challenges along the continuum from pathogen dynamics at the human-wildlife interface, to emerging disease prediction and prevention, to rural health disparities. Hires will be at the assistant or associate professor level, and research pairs or teams are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Ph.D. in a biological, social, physical science or other modeling-related discipline. Expertise in at least one area of mathematical / computational / statistical modeling or data science as demonstrated by publications using that expertise. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Positions are open until filled, however, applications received on or before October 11, 2021 will receive first consideration.

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POSITION: Research Associate, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual to investigate the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York through their Citizen Science Program (Upstate Tick Testing Program).

QUALIFICATIONS: Individual with demonstrated experience in tick surveillance and pathogen testing is preferred. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences or a related field.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or informal discussion, please reach out to thangams@upstate.edu.

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POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to eisearch@upstate.edu. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Maria Diuk-Wasser’s lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia International Research Institute for Climate and Society. The applicant will join research projects newly funded by the Department of Defense, NSF and the CDC, and will become part of NEVBD. The postdoctoral research scientist will harness an extensive network of existing and newly acquired surveillance and control datasets to develop predictive models for the presence and abundance of mosquito and tick vectors and their associated pathogens. Areas of emphasis include simulation modeling to identify optimal deployment of individual and integrated tick management approaches currently being investigated in NEVBD, modeling the population dynamics and spatial patterns of spread of mosquito and tick-borne pathogens and ensemble modeling of climate impacts on tick and mosquito-borne diseases. The modeling platforms developed will enhance surveillance and the institutional response capacity for real-time impact on vector-borne disease management. Additional opportunities exist for participation in a range of training and applied research activities related to the ecology, evolution and control of mosquito and tick vectors and vector-borne pathogens.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, epidemiology, applied mathematics, statistics, climate sciences or a related quantitative field. Background in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, theoretical ecology, spatial and dynamic modeling, Bayesian inference or mathematical biology is highly desirable, in addition to having strong programming, statistical and quantitative skills. A track record of research excellence is essential, as are excellent written and oral communication skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position is available immediately for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year contingent on availability of funding and satisfactory performance). The position will remain open until filled.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Opportunity, Diagnostics and Surveillance for Tick-Borne Zoonoses

DESCRIPTION: This ongoing project is entering its third-year, and is focused on the vectors, transmission, and ecology of Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) across two distinct ecological zones in East and West Africa (Tanzania and Sierra Leone). Our overall aim is to more fully understand vector-virus-host interactions, develop ecological risk models, and develop and field-test robust methods to detect and characterize CCHFV derived from field collected tick and livestock specimens. The successful candidate should be prepared to lead laboratory testing and help coordinate field aspects of the project. These responsibilities include leading implementation of laboratory molecular (PCR) and serological diagnostic platforms for CCHFV detection, virus and host sequencing using NGS approaches, and coordination and implementation of ongoing vector surveillance at remote field sites, ensuring strict adherence to study protocols and biosafety procedures, and other project management and logistics related duties as required. Travel to Sierra Leone and Tanzania for multi-week field expeditions and to other partner institutions is required (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions).

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD required – preferably with a focus on zoonotic virus surveillance and laboratory detection, tick/vector ecology, virus-host ecology, field epidemiology, or virology; DVM or MD or equivalent clinical degree preferred, but not required. Prior experience in high-containment (BSL3 or BSL4) laboratory work preferred. Applicants MUST be able to obtain US CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) clearances and pass all required Security Risk Assessments.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested candidates should visit: app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/5146083

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers Entomology/Center for Vector Biology

DESCRIPTION: The Price Lab within the Department of Entomology / Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University seeks to fill an open Postdoctoral Associate position specializing in the evolutionary and molecular biology of ixodid ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on surveillance of ticks and tick-borne disease, and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines. This is a grant-funded position with an initial term of one year with possibility of multiple-year renewal.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in relevant area of Entomology, Acarology, Ecology, Immunology, or Veterinary Sciences focusing on ticks, tick biology and/or genome-oriented arthropod research. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience spanning two major disciplines: (1) DNA/RNA extraction, handling, processing, next-generation library preparation and sequencing on Illumina and Oxford Nanopore platforms, associated bioinformatic analyses of sequence data, and (2) basic field techniques for tick collection and surveillance.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online through Rutgers job postings.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Agrilife Research

DESCRIPTION: Conduct research activities on resistance in the cattle fever tick to pesticides including bioassays and molecular experiments; record and analyze data/results; report research through regular oral presentations and publish in a timely manner in refereed journals; assist with research grant project reports; and keep abreast of all current literature on subject matter.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in entomology, parasitology, biology, or a closely related field. Demonstrated research experience/background in entomology/parasitology, and molecular biology techniques.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete application through Texas A&M Agrilife Research workday.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Vector Ecologist / Medical Entomologist, Emory University

DESCRIPTION: The Vazquez-Prokopec Lab at Emory University seek an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher whose broad interests focus on medical entomology, vector ecology and control. This position will be supported by a NIH-funded project (U01AI148069) occurring in the city of Merida (Mexico) evaluating the epidemiologic impact of targeted indoor residual spraying on Aedes-borne viruses. More specifically, this post-doctoral opportunity will center on the study of the evolution of resistance to control interventions in Aedes aegypti.

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in Entomology, Ecology or related fields. Fieldwork/experimental experience, particularly in the area of insecticide applications and/or insecticide resistance is desirable.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: To apply, submit a single PDF to Dr. Vazquez-Prokopec at gmvazqu@emory.edu including: a) an updated CV; b) two relevant publications published by you; c) names and contact information of three references.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Hamer Lab, Texas A&M

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects including the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, veterinary medicine or related fields. Strong quantitative skills are required and candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to lead data analyses and contribute to proposal writing.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: ghamer@tamu.edu.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the biology of arbovirus transmission at the vector-host-virus interface.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will use molecular, immunological and imaging methods. Individual with demonstrated experience in viral immunology and imaging is preferred. Enthusiastic individual should also have: (1) strong interest in the lab’s research; (2) willingness to work with BSL-3 agents within BSL-3/ABSL-3/ACL-3 laboratories; and (3) possess strong verbal/written communication &organizational skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or an informal discussion, contact Dr. Saravanan Thangamani at thangams@upstate.edu.

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. Deadline for application submission is May 23, 2021.

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Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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